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Posted August 9, 2005
Revealing. Informative. Often disturbing. Essential reading.
Having recently acquired Robert Spencer's most recent work entitled 'The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam ...' in addition to his study 'Islam Unveiled ...', I was hesitant as to whether this book would be able to provide me with any more relevant information upon Islam. However, having accessed the vast amount of information contained in this book I am personally glad that I took the time to make this additional purchase. As already described by others, much of this study consists of a considerable array of articles/essays by a number of knowledgeable and learned people with much experience of Islam and it's many facets. A knowledge that emanates from the text of this well written and extremely easy to read investigation. Rather than taking the personal opinions of the authors at face value, where possible I have personally taken the time to measure the context of the quotes from the Koran and their context, against those illustrated in the commentaries provided. My prime concerns being the subjects of Islamic 'tolerance' of non-Muslims as specified in the title, and it's parallel issue of being a 'peaceful' religion. I found the results of my analysis to be both informative and illuminating. The book proceeds to cover many aspects such as the alleged 'oppression of Middle East Christians', the 'persecution of Jews and Christians under Islam¿, 'Jihad and human rights', the strength of 'Islamism' at the United Nations and an article labelled 'Judeophobia Today = Anti-Judaism/Anti-Zionism/Anti-Semitism A growing culture of hate'. The latter issue, for example, alleges that under an increasing 'Judeophobia' and the purported guise of 'anti-Zionism', a 'culture of hate' is seeping into Europe and the West. (For those interested in a further study on this particular issue I would respectfully recommend the book entitled 'Eurabia The Euro-Arab Axis' by Bat Ye'or.) An article is even provided which addresses the establishment of CAIR (Council of American-Islamic Relations) and their described agenda of 'promoting a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America'. The latter being cited as necessary due to the perception that 'misrepresentations of Islam are most often the result of ignorance' by non-Muslims. This subject is addressed in some depth and makes interesting reading. Attention is also paid to how alleged Islamic 'intolerance' and fundamental beliefs allegedly underlie the Arab-Israeli conflict itself, where it is emphasised herein that solving the conflict in the Middle East does not depend upon the 'cession of land'. The underlying 'hostility' pertaining to the Jews is cited as being 'appalling' and being described as a reflection of the ideology engendered by Jihad throughout the ancient Muslim conquests of lands populated by Christians and Jews on the continents of Africa, Asia and Europe. Reference also being made to the historic treatment of these populations under Islamic rule. Indeed, the variety and number of subjects addressed in this work is impressive in it's own right and all are provided with a considerable list of references. As with the other titled Islamic studies from the same source mentioned earlier, many will perhaps find the contents to be contentious or even offensive. To those readers I can only recommend that the views expressed here be thoroughly examined by the individual reader by taking into account the references and sources provided herein, together with any independent information that may be deemed relevant. I can but personally commend and endorse this book for it¿s depth and scope. A study which I consider to be essential reading at this time.
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Posted October 8, 2013
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